Category list : Abnormal vital signs
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Vital-signs observations in hospital patients are missed or delayed at night, but the reasons for this have not been established. Interviews with 17 nursing staff shed light on the question
Training HCAs to recognise patient deteriorationSubscription
Healthcare assistants have a vital role in recognising patient deterioration, but may lack the relevant skills. A tailored training programme can provide these
VOL: 100, ISSUE: 24, PAGE NO: 61 Rachel Booker, RGN, DN(Cert), HV, is head of student support, The National Respiratory Training Centre, Warwick Breathing is a fundamental life process that usually occurs without conscious thought and, for the healthy person, is taken for granted. It involves:
Raised blood pressure in 18-year-olds is a warning of heart disease to come and should signal the start of prevention strategies, say scientists.
Rise in older people in UK living with HIVSubscription
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is becoming increasingly prevalent among older people in the UK.
What is the procedure for accurately measuring patients’ respiratory rate? What are its limitations? This is the third article in our six-part series on the respiratory rate
Improving the accuracy of BP measurementSubscription
Blood pressure measurement is often inaccurate because of poor technique, inappropriate use of devices or failure to calibrate or validate monitors
Tachypnoea is one of the first signs of patient deterioration. To prevent further decline it is essential to know how to assess and manage a high respiratory rate
Tachycardia could indicate serious illness. It is essential that nurses promptly identify and act on this significant sign of patient deterioration
How to ensure patient observations lead to effective management of patients with pyrexia Subscription
There is considerable debate about the management of this common clinical condition. It is vital to know about treatment options to ensure optimal care